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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

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Vanity Fair reporter Bryan Burrough profiles financial titan Steve Cohen. Then, Lydia Davis talks about her latest collection of stories. Plus, film historian Ben Model and W.C. Fields' granddaughter discuss the comic’s life. Bruce Beehler explains leading an expedition that discovered new species of animals in New Guinea. And Washington Post reporters talk about an unthinkable experiment: going without the Internet for a week!

What’s Eating Steve Cohen?

Vanity Fair special correspondent Bryan Burrough discusses billionaire Steve Cohen, hedge fund manager and the founder of SAC Capital Advisors.

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Collected Stories

Lydia Davis discusses her latest collection, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis.

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The Peregrinations & Pettifoggery of W. C. Fields

W. C. Fields' granddaughter, Harriet Fields, and film historian/silent film accompanist Ben Model look back on the life and work of the comic great W. C. Fields.

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New Species in New Guinea

Ornithologist Bruce M. Beehler , Senior Research Scientist with Conservation International, discusses leading a 2008 expedition to the Foja Mountains in New Guinea that discovered about 30 new species never previously described.

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Reporters Unplug

Washington Post Enterprise Editor Marc Fisher and reporter Mike Rosenwald discuss what happened when Fisher asked his reporters to do the unthinkable: unplug. His staff agreed not to use e-mail, Internet or texts for one week.

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